Jewish Museum London

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The Jewish Museum London is a museum of Jewish life and art, situated in the London Borough of Camden, North London.

The museum is open to the public Sunday to Thursday, 10am-5pm, and Friday, 10am-2pm. It also has a dedicated education team, with an extensive programme for schools, community groups and families alike.


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The exterior of the Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House.
The museum was founded in 1932 in the Jewish communal headquarters in Bloomsbury. In 1995, it moved to its current site in Camden Town. Until 2007 it had a sister museum in Finchley, operated by the same charitable trust and sited within the Sternberg Centre. The Camden branch reopened in 2010 after two years of major building and extension work. The £10 million renovation was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donations. The museum is a registered charity.


The museum houses a major international-level collection of Jewish ceremonial art including the notable Lindo lamp an early example of a British Menorah (Hanukkah).<ref name="Jerusalem Post">Jerusalem Post, Jul 21, 2009, London's Jewish Museum preparing to buy 300-year-old hanukkia for new location, Sarah Sechan [1]</ref> The new building includes a gallery entitled Judaism: A Living Faith, displaying the museum's noted collection of Jewish ceremonial art. This collection has been awarded "designated" status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in recognition of its outstanding national importance.<ref name="Jerusalem Post" /> The Museum's Holocaust Gallery is made up of items and filmed survivor testimony from Leon Greenman, who was one of the few British subjects to be interned in the death camps section at Auschwitz.

The museum also has exhibitions recounting the history of Jewish life in England, supported by a diverse collection of objects. There are also collections of paintings, prints and drawings, and an archive of photographs, which consists mainly of black and white photographs from the 1900s to the 1940s.


The third floor of the museum is host to temporary exhibitions.<ref name="Exhibitions">Temporary Exhibitions at the Jewish Museum</ref> An exhibition on Amy Winehouse is on display from 3 July to 15 September 2013.

Past exhibitions

  • R.B. Kitaj: Obsessions - The Art of Identity, an exhibition of the work of artist Kitaj which focused on his intense exploration of his Jewish identity
  • Morocco: Photographs by Elias Harrus and Pauline Prior
  • Entertaining the Nation: Stars of Music, Stage and Screen
  • No Place Like Home
  • World City: Refugee Stories
  • Ludwig Guttmann: Father of the Paralympic Games
  • Adi Nes: The Village

See also

  • History of the Jews in England



External links

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